Futel Project Presentation @ i3Detroit, Oct 15th, 4 pm


Please attend the presentation by Karl Anderson describing the Futel project.

Location: i3Detroit
Saturday October 15th, 4 pm

Public welcome
Futel: An Immobile Phone Company

Futel appears to be nothing more than a collection of payphones installed in public locations, no different than the phones found on any street corner. Except these ones are being installed, not removed. And they work, usually, and they’re free. And if the caller doesn‚Äôt have a human to interact with, one might be provided.

Find out what we hope to achieve by starting a free telephone network. In addition to discussing the struggles of putting phones on the street, we will describe our spiritual ancestry from phone phreaks to mail artists to fare evaders, and our reasons for creating useful and nonuseful devices out of discarded junk.
Speaker bio:

Karl Anderson is an experimenter who is good at thinking up projects but bad at predicting whether or not they will be practical. With C.H.U.N.K. 666, he has constructed amphibious human-powered vehicles out of trash. With the Church of Robotron, he has built a skill testing and training facility, indoctrination center, and reading room to reinforce the post-apocalyptic survival tenets of a coin-operated video game.

More Info:


Introduction to Flask Framework for Web Development

Flask is a popular Python package for developing web applications. Flask is considered a “micro” framework with a simple core and numerous extensions for database integration, form validation, authentication and more.

During the class Bruce will demonstrate a simple website using Flask in a Python virtual environment. Topics will include the model-view-controller (MVC) paradigm, Jinja2 templates and if time permits, integrating a simple SQLite database using SQLAlchemy.


– Some prior knowledge of Python
–¬†Bring a personal laptop if you want to create the website during the class. (Code will be provided.)

Click after the break to register for this class!
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i3 Mentor Month Celebration Event, January 30th, 6-9 pm

Come to i3Detroit to celebrate January as Mentor Month sponsored by 4H. All mentors are invited to meet and greet, exchange ideas, and share information. We will be making custom glassware using vinyl patterns and the sand blaster.

Food and refreshments will be provided for the meet and greet.

Everyone will be able to make a custom glass to take home. The 2D pattern is cut out of vinyl, attached to the glass, and then the glass is sand blaster revealing your pattern on the glass.


Mentor Month Celebration

January 30th, 6-9 pm

1481A Wordsworth St.
Ferndale, MI 48220

Any mentor


Please stop by and meet other mentors and share ideas!!

Jewelry Making 101 – Forging a Wire Twist Bracelet – December 2, 2015 – 7:30 – 9:30 PM



The i3Detroit Jewelry Zone is proud to announce: ¬† “Jewelry Making 101 – Forging a Wire Twist Bracelet‚ÄĚ. ¬†In this two hour class, you will make an elegant twist bracelet that you can wear with pride or give as a gift. ¬†This FREE workshop is a great¬†opportunity if you are new to jewelry making and would like to learn what it is all about. ¬†Enrollment is limited.
Class Overview:
You will make an elegant twist bracelet that can you can wear with pride or give as a gift.
In addition you will learn:
Р A brief history of jewelry and jewelry making
Р What materials are used to make jewelry
Р Properties of jewelry making metals, including work hardening and annealing
Р An understanding of wire gauges and how to measure them
Р how to cut and file wire for jewelry making
Р how to forge and bend wire

When:  Wednesday night, December 2nd, 2015 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
How long:  Two hours
Where:  i3Detroit Common Area
How many people:  No more than 12
Cost per person:   FREE  (donations toward tools and materials will be appreciated, but are not required)

Questions?:  Jewelry@i3Detroit.org

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Hey YOU,

Come help us at potlock. Come eat good food. Come have a good time.

Noon Р6pm Saturday October 24th. 

You will have fun. I promise.

New here? What the heck is a potlock?

It’s an i3 tradition, “potluck” because folks bring food, and “lock-in” suggesting an all-night party. Although lately we’ve realized that all-afternoon works better. (Having an official tools-down, pat-each-other-on-the-back time is important.)

It’s also the best way for new members (and non-members) to get more involved and connected! Because a lot of members will be around at once, but NOT debating policy, it’s as socially useful as a meeting, but we actually get physical things done. Potlock is a perfect opportunity to work alongside a bunch of other members, learn where things are and where things go, take some ownership of your favorite zone, and make the space better for yourself and others.

What’s the task-list this time around?

Potlocks traditionally center around the ToDo list in the wiki: https://www.i3detroit.org/wiki/ToDo

The fall potlock is a great time for us to do all the thing we were too busy to do while we were out having fun in the sun.  Filters need changing , machines need oiling, and the space could use a good scrubbing before we batten down the hatches for winter.

How can I help?

Show up and be your awesome self any time between noon and 6! Seriously, that’s it.

I can make good food! How do I share?

Let us know what you are making by adding it to the list here: https://www.i3detroit.org/wiki/Potlock_Menu_Planning

(You can also reply to me off-list if your dish is a surprise.)

Want more details?

Members can find discussion on the private list here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/i3detroit/XS7doiE3iBs